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 ==== 3.2.1 My Opinion ​ ==== ==== 3.2.1 My Opinion ​ ====
  
-In my opinion, unix is a description of the function of an operating system. I even say that unix is an Application Programmer'​s Interface (API). Any operating system which implements the unix API is a unix; it's an implementation of unix. Gnu/Linux is a unix.3.Gnu/Linux is often called Linux, but strictly speaking, Linux is a unix kernel, but not a whole unix operating system. There are many other implementations of unix. I can name original BSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, HP/UX, AIX, Minix, Apple Macintosh OS 10, NeXT STEP, QNX, & Lynx. There are probably others.+In my opinion, unix is a description of the function of an operating system. I even say that unix is an Application Programmer'​s Interface (API). Any operating system which implements the unix API is a unix; it's an implementation of unix. Gnu/Linux is a unix.((Gnu stands for Gnu's Not Unix, but I say it is.)) Gnu/Linux is often called Linux, but strictly speaking, Linux is a unix kernel, but not a whole unix operating system. There are many other implementations of unix. I can name original BSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, HP/UX, AIX, Minix, Apple Macintosh OS 10, NeXT STEP, QNX, & Lynx. There are probably others.
  
 Now for some legal bullshit. <​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​UNIX<​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​ is a trademark of The Open Group. From what I can infer from their web site about their opinions of what unix is, they would agree with me that it's a description of the function of a family of operating systems, but they would also add <​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​that we have certified to be UNIX<​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​. So legally, it's not a UNIX unless The Open Group certifies it as a UNIX. So a lot of those operating systems I listed as unices are not UNIXes. It's a thoroughly sad case of legalities getting in the way of simplicity & sanity. Now for some legal bullshit. <​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​UNIX<​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​ is a trademark of The Open Group. From what I can infer from their web site about their opinions of what unix is, they would agree with me that it's a description of the function of a family of operating systems, but they would also add <​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​that we have certified to be UNIX<​nowiki>"</​nowiki>​. So legally, it's not a UNIX unless The Open Group certifies it as a UNIX. So a lot of those operating systems I listed as unices are not UNIXes. It's a thoroughly sad case of legalities getting in the way of simplicity & sanity.